The nominees were recently announced for the Rooster Blues Awards. The winners in each category are expected to be revealed in early June. 

The annual competition, sponsored by the Rainy Day Blues Society, is a nod to Gavin “Rooster” Fox, who was only 51 when he lost his battle to ALS in 1999. 


Rooster not only was the longtime host of the weekly Rooster’s Blues Jam and DJ of KLCC’s Blues Power program, he was a beloved friend, mentor, sports fan and blues historian to so many who knew him. 

Unlike the judged Blues Challenge, the Rooster Awards are community-based honors. 

All nominees are submitted by the community, and the nominees are reviewed and then voted on by the Rooster Awards Review Panel.


Entertainment every night

now at Village Green


Since the start of April, the Village Green has returned to a sense of normalcy -- which is to say that the Cottage Grove hotspot is back to hosting live entertainment seven nights a week. 

The lineup of artists is vast and diverse, including country, rock, blues and jazz artists and more. It also includes a music-comedy variety act by Bret Lucich on April 23 and 24, then on April 29, a variety show by Bobby & Julie.

2021 Rooster Blues Awards (nominees by category)

Female Blues Vocalist

Amy Jones

Anni Piper

Darci Lee

Jeanne Gregg

Joanne Broh

Rae Gordon


Male Blues Vocalist

Brian James

David Jacob-Strain

Hank Shreve

Jerry Zybach

Johnny Wheels

Lloyd Tolbert

Michael Tracey

Teddy Boi Roix

Walter Herleman


Traditional Blues Act

Delta Trio

Hank Shreve Band

Henry Cooper Trio

Howlin’ Dogma

Dusky Blues

Joanne Broh Band

Skip Jones and the Usual Suspects


Blues-Rock Act

Anni Piper

Brian James & The Revival

Darlene Jackson & My Band

Fret Logic

Hank Shreve Band

Jimmy Haggard Band

Rock n Rewind



Soul Blues Act

Blues Owens Band

Darlene Jackson & My Band

The Jeanne Gregg Band

Joanne Broh Band

Paul Biondi and Friends



Self-Produced Blues Album

Blow Up Doll: Anni Piper

Live On The Rooftop: The Jeanne Gregg Band

Rough n Ready: Jimmy Haggard

Wrong Kind of Love: Rae Gordon


Keeping The Blues Alive

Brian James & The Revival

Dave Roberts

Jimmy Haggard

Jimmy’s on 11th

Joanne Broh Band


Lloyd Tolbert

Mac’s Restaurant & Lounge

Rainy Day Blues Society

Sure Hits Productions